Well that was another good weekend, my friends! I hope you enjoyed a little cheer over the past couple of days. And here we are waking up to the week of Christmas. Dave and I are heading out of town tomorrow, so we’re just about in vacation mode over here. Let’s talk weekend and workouts.
Orangetheory holiday party in Danville
On a very rainy Friday evening, I joined all of my fellow Orangetheory Fitness Walnut Creek team members for a holiday get-together. We wore our Christmas sweaters and met up at Danville Bowl for a night of bowling, shenanigans and gym-people fun. We also did a White Elephant gift exchange. And let’s just say I had a low number in the game, started out with a great gift, which was a Warriors throw blanket, got that stolen away from me, then opened up a big Orangetheory flask, got that stolen away from me and walked away the proud owner of a snowman candle. Ha!
We celebrated the night like only true fitness folk would when bowling, with some physical challenges. The rules: If you threw a gutter ball you did 10 push-ups. Then we switched it up to 20 prisoner squats. It was hilarious. We certainly had the attention of the bowlers around us. Somehow I got out of having to do any exercises in my bowling shoes, but I still didn’t score very well as a bowler. Honestly, I don’t have any good pictures to show from this night, but I ended up staying out pretty late and had so much fun. Good times with the OTF team!
24 Hour Fitness holiday party in the City
On Saturday, I attended my second gym holiday party of the weekend in the city at the 24 Hour Fitness California Street location, where I have taken many Les Mills trainings, and where I used to have a regular class on the schedule when I lived in the City. There were a couple dozen group fitness instructors from the area there, and in addition to socializing, we got to try out a few new classes, as well as some existing ones.
First, we did about 10 minutes of barefoot training program, which was done with no shoes on and included some golf-ball foot massaging and bodyweight work. Then, we did about 10 minutes of POP Pilates, a program created by the very popular blogger Cassey Ho, which I’ve been wanting to try for a while and had some unique moves. Then, we did 10 minutes of U-Jam, a hip-hop dance program, which was totally fun for me. The gathering culminated in a little fitness challenge in order to win a prize, and I’m happy to say I held a hover position for five full minutes without a break and was awarded a fancy 24 Hour Fitness “Group X Instructor” sweatshirt, which I will definitely be putting to use.
By the way, I took the BART into the City and listened to some Chalene Johnson podcasts on the way there and back, which was the perfect way to pass the time. I haven’t listened to a podcast since I was at home in Florida for Thanksgiving, and my queue of good ones is getting long.
Neighbors holiday party in Walnut Creek
In the evening, Dave and I walked about four steps next door to our direct neighbor’s townhouse for a holiday party. We met some new couples who also live in our development, had tons of party nibbles and drinks and chatted the night away. We ended up staying for a very long time and didn’t walk back home until after midnight! It was really nice getting to know people in our community a little better, especially over wine.
Warriors holiday party in Oakland
On Sunday morning, I went to a long yoga class, which was just what my body needed. I’ve mentioned that I’ve been feeling pretty stiff lately with less yoga in my life, so this class was tough for me. It was a pretty challenging 75-minute session, but felt awesome to work up a sweat with heavy breathing and flowing yoga poses. I walked out of there feeling about six inches taller. Good stuff!
In the evening, Dave and I went to Plank in Oakland for his work party, which is where the Warriors holiday party was held last year as well. We had some food and drinks and chatted with fellow employees and their significant others for a couple hours before heading home to call it a night and end the weekend.
So yes, that was a total of four holiday parties in two days. Woohoo!
My weekly fitness and workout recap
Every Monday, I like to share my recent workouts, so let’s get to it …
(Photo credit to Leah Bentley Photography, 2015.)
- Monday: Taught a one-hour BODYATTACK class, foam rolling
- Tuesday: Took a one-hour Orangetheory class
- Wednesday: Taught a one-hour BODYPUMP class, foam rolling
- Thursday: Taught a 45-minute BODYPUMP and 30-minute core class
- Friday: Rest day
- Saturday: 10 minutes of Pilates, 10 minutes of dance, 5-minute hover
- Sunday: Took a 75-minute vinyasa flow yoga class
What was good about my week of workouts?
This past week included a good amount of variety of movement, a full day of rest and a full yoga session. I picked up weights three times between BODYPUMP and Orangetheory and did cardio three times as well. The highlight of the week was definitely loosening up in a long yoga class.
What could have been better about my workouts?
This past week had all of my resistance sessions back-to-back again, which keeps happening to me due to my teaching schedule. I definitely prefer to have a rest day between lifting weights, but it’s hard to avoid when I teach BODYPUMP on consecutive days. Overall, not too many complaints about my week of fitness.
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Questions of the day
What was the highlight of your weekend?
Are you traveling for Christmas or staying put?